Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Finished my CB week with no offers in hand (though at least 2 of the regional firms said hiring committee isn't even meeting until October). Jumping on board and thinking of just telling my first choice firm that if they were to give me an offer I would take it immediately (which I would)... but then again, that smells of desperation and BigLaw doesn't like that (especially since I have no offers to leverage) .
I want this process to be over .
I did this with my first choice firm. In a thank you note, I told them that after much consideration, I greatly enjoyed my CB and if I were to be offered a SA position I would certainly accept. The hiring partner wrote back to me thanking me for my message and said that the hiring committee would meet soon and would get back to me promptly. He called me the next day and I accepted on the spot.
If articulated correctly, it does not come across as desperate at all; it comes across as enthusiastic.
+1, except I let this happen during appropriate interview moments w/ my #1. Hiring connections (V20) have really emphasized to me that, while making such strong statements is fine, it's extremely important to remain credible. Apparently, sounding fake is a common problem for those who take this approach. Sorry if that's obvious-- just thought I'd throw it out there in case it helps. I wish you the best.
I articulated I would accept if offered the position in my thank you note to the hiring partner and received an offer shortly thereafter. I think it is much better in a thank you note to the hiring partner than during the interviews. For me at least, during the callback I wasn't 100% sure who was my favorite firm (my favorite firm was not my top ranked firm). It only became apparent to me after all my callbacks were over and I had reflected some. Saying they are your favorite and you would accept if offered during the interview to me sounds like you base it on ranking and not other factors-even if this isn't true. If you do it artfully and enthusiastically in a thank you note you can remind them of something in the interview, show some more research, and say you'd accept with them after having already considered the firm further. Also, only say it if you really mean it. If you wouldn't say I accept during the phone call, then don't say it.
Btw, jumping off this boat.
I'm the +1 person from above. I do see your point about looking like it's based on rankings, but I think that's just part of why it's important to be genuine (I too gave very specific reasons, with much enthusiasm). YMMV, but for the record, it worked for me (they even mentioned my enthusiasm during the offer call).